On July 14, 2021, Dawn Blagrove and Kerwin Pittman went to the North Carolina General Assembly to visit lawmakers and talk about SB 300, the criminal justice reform bill.

This week, police asked for a change to the body camera portion of the bill to make it harder for the public to see body camera footage. The new language would require a court appearance by the family or their attorney to get footage released.

Dawn Blagrove was quoted in WRAL.

“It takes a monumental step backwards for transparency in law enforcement and for victims and families,” Blagrove told committee members.

The committee voted to remove the bill’s body camera section altogether, which would leave current state law intact, which requires a court order to release footage.